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Synaptics Incorporated, incorporated on January 7, 2002, is engaged in the development, marketing and sale of intuitive human interface solutions for electronic devices and products. The Company is a developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface product solutions that enable people to interact with a range of mobile computing, communications, entertainment and other electronic devices. Its products include ClearPad, ClearView, TouchView, Natural ID, TouchPad, SecurePad, ClickPad and ForcePad. Its other product solutions include dual pointing solutions, TouchStyk, and TouchButtons. Its dual pointing solutions offer TouchPad with a pointing stick in a single notebook computer, enabling users to select their interface of choice. TouchStyk is a self-contained pointing stick module that uses capacitive technology similar to that used in its TouchPad. TouchButtons provide capacitive buttons and scrolling controls for an interface solution designed to replace mechanical buttons.

The Company generates revenue from the markets for smartphones, tablets, personal computer (PC) products, primarily notebook computers, and other select electronic devices, including devices in automobiles. Its other offerings include Enhanced Gesture Recognition, SignalClarity Technology, TypeGuard, TDsync, Proximity Sensing, ClearForce, Design Studio, SentryPoint and Image Studio. The Company's array of technologies include firmware, software, mechanical and electrical designs, display systems, pattern recognition and touch-sensing technologies. The Company provides custom human interface product solutions for navigation, cursor control and multimedia controls, and for access to devices or applications through fingerprint recognition. Its human interface products are custom engineered and include sensor design, module layout, chips, firmware and software features for which the Company provides manufacturing and design support, and device testing.


The Company's ClearPad family of products enable user to interact directly with the display on electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The Company sells its ClearPad solution as a chip or tail, together with customer-specific firmware, to sensor manufacturers for use in the production of both discrete and integrated touchscreen products. Its ClearPad Series 3 product family provides tracking of approximately ten or more fingers simultaneously, and features stylus support, as well as support for various sensor configurations, including traditional discrete sensors; sensor-on-lens, which includes sensor electrodes patterned on the bottom of the glass cover lens; on-cell, which includes sensor electrodes patterned on the display glass, and in-cell, which includes sensor electrodes patterned inside the liquid crystal display (LCD) glass. Its ClearPad Series 7 product family is designed to meet the requirements of the touchscreen market for products related to clamshell notebooks, slates, tablets, and similar devices. Its ClearPad Series 7 products include single-chip touchscreen solutions and multi-chip touchscreen solutions designed for devices that have more demanding user input requirements, such as gaming applications.


The Company's ClearView family of display driver integrated circuits (DDICs) offer image processing and low power technology for smartphones and tablets. ClearView products include adaptive image processing. Its DDICs offer automatic regional control of color balance and sunlight readability enhancement capabilities that optimize image quality under various lighting conditions.


The Company's TouchView products integrate touch and display technologies. TouchView is available in two-chip and single-chip (touch and display driver integration (TDDI)) configurations, providing a range of solutions suitable for hybrid and full in-cell touchscreen designs.

Natural ID

The Company's Natural ID is a fingerprint identification (ID) family of products designed for use in smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs, PC peripherals and other applications. Natural ID products are designed to be compatible with fast identity online (FIDO) protocols.


The Company's TouchPad family of products is small, touch-sensitive pad that senses the position and movement of approximately one or more fingers on its surface through the measurement of capacitance. Its TouchPad provides a method for screen navigation, cursor movement and gestures, and provides a platform for interactive input for both the consumer and corporate markets. Its TouchPad solutions allow its customers to provide intuitive human interface semiconductor product solutions. Its TouchPad solutions also offer various features, including scrolling, customizable tap zones, tapping and dragging of icons, and device interaction.


The Company's SecurePad integrates its fingerprint sensor directly into the TouchPad area. It simplifies the supply chain for notebook PC manufacturers.


The Company's ClickPad introduces a clickable mechanical design to the TouchPad application that eliminates the need for physical buttons. The buttonless design of its ClickPad allows for intuitive industrial design and makes it an alternative to conventional input and navigation devices. Its ClickPad is activated by pressing down on the internal tact switch to perform left-button or right-button clicks and provides tactile feedback similar to pressing a physical button. The latest version of ClickPad features ClickEQ, a mechanical solution that provides uniform click depth to maximize the surface area available for gestures.


The Company's ForcePad is a thinner version of its ClickPad, which introduces a new dimension in control through the addition of variable force sensitivity. By detecting the amount of force applied, ForcePad is engineered to enable intuitive user interactions in operating system controls and applications.

The Company competes with Atmel, Elan Microelectronics, Focaltech Systems, Goodix, Melfas, Parade Technologies, Samsung LSI, STMicroelectronics, Alps Electric, Himax Technologies, Novatek Microelectronics, SiliconWorks, Cypress Semiconductor, Egis Technology, Fingerprint Cards, IDEX, NEXT Biometrics, Silead and Qualcomm.

Company Address

Synaptics Inc

1251 McKay Dr
SAN JOSE   CA   95131-1709
P: +1408.9041100
F: +1408.9041110

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